Week of December 4, 2017

Dear Parents,

      This week we will continue celebrating Advent and preparing our hearts for Christmas. We will continue to explore the Christmas story, and will focus on the journey to Bethlehem, and the Nativity. We will look at art work from around the world depicting the Nativity, including Renaissance paintings, Baroque creches, and icons, paintings, and figurines from all the continents of the world. We will also listen to Christmas carols from Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. We will take time each day for a brief Christmas meditation during our prayer time. We will read The Christmas Story, The First Night, The Star, Christmas in the Manger, and The Donkey’s Christmas Song this week.

     In our social studies center, this week, we will research Christmas traditions from cultures around the world. In our literacy center we will learn the letter Kk, and we will read A Kiss for Little Bear, and King Midas. In math we will continue working on Christmas patterns, and we will work on a number of Christmas math activities on the Smartboard, such as counting presents for Teddy Bear, and identifying the number of buttons on the gingerbread man. In our science center we will learn about conifers. We are also preparing for our performance in the Christmas show!

  • Parent –Teacher Conferences and the distribution of Report Cards will be held this Thursday, December 7th. Please be reminded that dismissal is at 11:45. There is no Afterschool on this day. I look forward to meeting with you!
  • We will be studying conifers this week. If you have a live Christmas tree, fresh evergreen wreath, or if you pass by a conifer on the way to school, please consider sending in a small snippet so we can study it in our science center. Thank you!
  • We will be performing “Mele Kalikimaka” at the school Christmas show. You will receive a separate letter regarding our performance.
  • Please be reminded that there is NO SCHOOL on Friday, December 8th in honor of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

     Have a great week!



                                                                                         Mrs. Marinelli